Rev. Dennis T. Wirks

Summary of Case: Wirks' name was on a list released by the Cleveland Diocese in April 2002 of priests no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. He was on sick leave 1989-1993, after which he is no longer indexed in the Official Catholic Directory. Per the diocese in June 2019, Wirks had been laicized.

: 1969


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1970 St. John's Lorain OH



St. John's had a school with 426 students.
1970 1974 St. Joseph's Avon Lake OH 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 509-399 students.


James Aloysius Hickey was Issenmann's successor (1974-1980)

1980 St. Barnabas Northfield OH 3/4, 2/3, 2/4, 3/4 St. Barnabas had a school with 619-562 students.


Replacing Hickey as bishop was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1981 St. Columbkille Parma OH 4/4 St. Columbkille had a school with 889 students.
1981 1989 Sacred Heart Elyria OH



1989 1993 Sick Leave


• Wirks name was released by the Cleveland diocese in 2002 as a former or retired priest who had allegations of sexual abuse of minors against him. . (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio] April 9, 2002)

    The 1993 Directory is the last in which Wirks is indexed.
1993 2019         Per the diocese on its list June 21, 2019, Wirks was laicized at some point.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1993)

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This assignment record was last updated on July 10, 2019.